About Blue Harbor Senior Living
Blue Harbor Senior Living, headquartered in Portland, Ore., is a premier provider of senior living services, offering a complete range of options to meet each resident's individual preferences. In July 2012, Fortress Investment Group formed Blue Harbor Senior Living as an operating subsidiary in conjunction with the acquisition of several senior living facilities from BPM Senior Living Co.
Currently, there are a total of 14 Blue Harbor communities in seven states: Arizona, California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Texas, and Utah. The communities offer great locations, beautiful apartment homes, full-service senior living, resort-style amenities, and a commitment to providing a quality lifestyle. Dan Lamey, who has more than 15 years experience in the senior living industry, is the director or operations, responsible for day-to-day operations as well as strategic planning.
Senior living options at Blue Harbor communities include assisted living, independent living, memory care, respite care, and adult day care. The philosophy of service focuses on four key principles: choice, dignity, privacy, and independence. With its emphasis on choice, Blue Harbor is committed to meeting residents' personal lifestyle preferences with a wide assortment of daily activities, including exercise programs, classes, trips, parties, entertainment programs, and social events; restaurant-style dining that offers continually changing variety of nutritious meals for residents' enjoyment; and a variety of apartment styles to meet individual tastes.
The communities' emphasis on dignity and privacy ensure that each resident is treated with value and respect. Blue Harbor is guided by a strong set of values that include: recognizing each resident as a unique individual; partnering with the professional community to provide innovative quality care; nurturing family relationships; and hiring and training the best possible employees to offer 24-hour care as needed. The care and quality of life for each resident is the driving force at Blue Harbor communities, with a focus on providing the greatest value and service possible.
Blue Harbor Senior Living encourages an active and independent senior lifestyle, with the realization that the level of independence is a matter of personal choice as well as an important element of self-esteem. For that reason, Blue Harbor encourages the right of each resident to continue to be as independent as possible and gives seniors the space they need to enjoy the life they want.
As part of its emphasis on choice, Blue Harbor Senior Living features an "Individual Preferences" philosophy of service, which allows residents to choose how to live each day in a Blue Harbor community. Community services are customized to address each individual resident's preferences and abilities with regard to dining, activities, housekeeping, and personal care. Blue Harbor has identified this customized approach as the best way to respect and preserve each resident's independence and sense of freedom while also providing intervention and assistance as needed.
Independent Senior Living
Blue Harbor Senior Living offers independent living options at four of its communities: Acacia Springs in Las Vegas, Nev.; Chateau Brickyard in Salt Lake City, Utah; Courtyards at River Park in Fort Worth, Texas; and Willow Park in Boise, Idaho. Independent living communities gives residents the freedom to live the live they choose while catering to their comfort, safety and security with such features as a pull-cord emergency communication system in each apartment that will bring an immediate response from the staff.
Willow Park even has senior-friendly cottages available for independent living. These quaint, two-bedroom cottages offer 970 square feet of living space, including a full kitchen, bathroom, and spacious living area. Each cottage has all the convenient amenities of other independent living options, individual climate controls, emergency call systems, cable TV, and washer/dryer units. Outside the cottages, there are charming walkways and lovely landscaping.
Blue Harbor offers assisted living at 12 of its communities, perfect for seniors who want to live independently but need help with some of the activities of daily living such as cooking, cleaning, and household maintenance. The Blue Harbor wellness staff conducts quarterly assessments conducted to ensure that additional help is provided as appropriate. Blue Harbor's assisted living facilities provide residents with choices that encourage independence in a retirement home environment but with the as-needed assistance of a caring and compassionate staff.
Blue Harbor Senior Living offers Memory Care services in 10 of its 14 communities for individuals suffering from Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. The staffs at the Memory Care communities are specially trained to provide residents with compassionate care in a dignified and comfortable, yet safe and secure, home-like environment. Among the features are circular or open floor plans and secure outdoor courtyards with way-finding paths that give residents the independence to walk and wander safely.
In keeping with the philosophy of "Individual Preferences," Blue Harbor Memory Care communities develop specialized service plans to meet each individual's unique needs. Residents in Memory Care communities are encouraged to engage in stimulating activities such as gardening, instructional classes, memory-enhancing games, and regular outings to build stamina and increase awareness. To help residents remember familiar daily activities, Sunshine Villa in Santa Cruz, Calif., features memory-enhancing areas such as a sewing nook, a mirrored vanity decorated with various accessories and costume jewelry, and quiet sitting areas for reading. At Desert Flower in Scottsdale, Ariz., residents have the option to participate in daily activities such as setting the table, folding laundry, or making their beds as a means of enhancing their sense of purpose, independence, and self-esteem. The memory care community at Willow Park in Boise, Idaho, features neighborhood murals that provide visual cues to stimulate memory. Each mural presents interactive memory and reminiscence opportunities to help residents remember familiar daily activities such as grocery shopping, going to the movies, or making a trip to the post office.
At Regent Court in Corvallis, Ore., which is dedicated exclusively to memory care, the community's Life Series program promotes resident independence, dignity and self- esteem through consistent care, stimulating activities, and a specialized residential design. The community has four individual neighborhoods, each with its own distinctive decorating theme to assist residents in remembering where their rooms are located. Residents in each neighborhood have access to an activity kitchen, space for activities, and places to visit with family or other residents. The safe and secure environment gives residents the opportunity to explore and enjoy the community.
Twelve of the Blue Harbor communities offer respite care, allowing seniors to experience a short-term stay in a fully furnished apartment for as little as a few hours or as long as 30 days or 90 days (depending on the community). The respite care program is an excellent way to ease the transition from hospital to home, or to provide an alternative living situation in case a primary caregiver needs a break or must go out of town. Respite care residents receive the same services and personal treatment that is provided to Blue Harbor's long-term residents. Eleven of these 12 communities also offer adult day care services.
Services and Amenities
Blue Harbor Senior Living communities a full range of services and amenities for the benefits of their residents, including beautifully appointed lounges and common rooms for socializing, reading or playing card games; expertly landscaped grounds with pathways for walking and outdoor seating areas; three restaurant-style meals a day as well as snacks; weekly housekeeping and laundry service; emergency response systems; and scheduled transportation for off-site social outings, shopping trips, and doctor's appointments.
Additional amenities (depending upon the community) are: fitness center, computer center, swimming pool, whirlpool spa, putting green, billiards room, library, and an on- site beauty salon/barber shop. Acacia Springs in Las Vegas, Nev., even has a 60-seat movie theater. In addition, there are also a variety of social, cultural and recreational activities that include arts and crafts classes, exercise classes, and Wellness and Life Enrichment programs.
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